Holly Stoppit

Previous Clients

My CV is, quite frankly, ridiculous. I started teaching at the age of six, in my family's circus, and have been working solidly ever since. If I were to include all of my experience, you'd be sat here for weeks. So here are the edited highlights.

Specially Commissioned Work

Exeter University

A journey into the archetype of the clown, a practical workshop for a phD research group

NHS Bristol 

Exploring Connection Through Play - a workshop for paediatricians in training

Dramatherapy Wales Conference

Key Note Speaker - Dropping into the archetype of the clown: how clowning can help us as creative arts therapists both inside and outside the therapy room.

Play Well Symposium, The Wellcome Institute

Speaker and panel member - How Clowning Can Create Space.

Mental Health in the Performing Arts, Equity South West Conference

Panel member - Mental Health in the rehearsal room / Open Space facilitator

Stepping Out Theatre Company

A series of sessions: Exploring The Self Through Playful Inquiry

City of Bristol College, Creative Arts Therapy Course

A practical exploration of Clown-o-therapy

Dramatherapy Southwest Conference

A practical exploration of Clown-o-therapy

Dancevoice facilitator training 

A practical exploration of Clown-o-therapy

The Psychedelic Society

Accessing The Psychedelic World Through Clowning

Engage, Theatre Royal, Bath

Introduction to Clowning 

Bristol Museum - Clown in Residence

Created and delivered a programme of workshops and performances for Clowns: the Eggshibition. Read all about it here.

Bath Spa University 

Created a Live Comedy Performance module and delivered it for 2nd year drama degree students for two years running. Responding to demand, I created an additional Advanced Comedy Performance module for 3rd years.  Read all about it here.

Bath Fringe Festival  

Co-designed and delivered New Work Works, a street artists development scheme for Bedlam Fair, Bath’s street theatre festival. Read all about it here.

The Clown and Power Symposium

Speaker - The Clowns' Vulnerability Is Their Greatest Power

Pontardawe Arts Centre Chrysalis Scheme  

Facilitated artists development during this residency for Welsh theatre makers. 

Ramshacklicious, Atelier 231  

Facilitated ensemble devising workshops for people with schizophrenia, to feed into the creative process of Ramshacklicious' Grime.  

Ramshacklicious, Winchester Uni, Winchester Hat Fair 

Facilitated a 5-day street theatre ensemble improvisation summer school for Winchester University Street Arts degree students.


Created and facilitated 2 x 5-day workshops for European social circus teachers. The first was in Clown-o-therapy, the second was exploring how to use Nonviolent Communication in teaching circus. 

London Speciality School of Psychiatry Conference

Delivered a seminar on The Importance Of Play In Psychiatry

Network of International Circus Exchange (NICE) Conference

Delivered a seminar -  Exploring Connection Through Play

University of the Highlands

Delivered a seminar on Exploring Group Process Through Play

Nofit State Circus  

Provided performance skills / devising workshops leading up to the creation of a Community Christmas Cabaret.

Eden Court Theatre

Designed and delivered a site-specific games theatre workshop.

Process Facilitator

I have held space for theatre artists to playfully explore themes as varied as feminism, depression, grief, eating disorders, political dissent, child psychology, alter egos, sexuality, isolation, co-dependance, corruption and deceit. 

I play various roles in the creative process:

  • I am often called in at the beginning of projects in the role of 'Fire-Starter.' It is my joy to bring people together, get clear on their aims and help them establish a playful and open culture in the rehearsal room.
  • I facilitate R&D for performance projects; helping artists to unpack their ideas and process their feelings and/or explore various theatrical forms.
  • I shape devised performance as a dramaturg / director, generally finding ways to leave space for improvisation
  • I mentor artists and directors through their creative processes

Bladder and String Pale Blue Dot (Clown devising workshop as part of their R&D)

Hijinx Theatre Company 'Grumpy Unicorns' (Clown workshop for R&D)

Anna Carr Kindred (R&D)

Robbie Foulston The Play Shaman (R&D)

Hocus Pocus Theatre Company The Fun Clinic (Fuse Lighter)

Emily Souter Jonson Polyester (R&D / Director)

Acrojou Vessel (Fuse lighter)

China Blue Fish and Deborah Antoinette Queen Cunt (Dramaturg)

Liz Clarke Cannonballista (Director of the solo touring version)

Helen Duff Vanity Bites Back (Director), Come With Me (R&D), When The Going Gets Duff (R&D), How Deep Is Your Duff (R&D)

Adam Blake Birth and Death and Here and Now (Fooling teacher, mentor)

Lucy Harrington Wake Up and Deirdrealize (R&D)

Edward Rapley The Self Trilogy (Director) - 10 Ways To Die on Stage, The Middle Bit, Who Knows Where 

Modest Geniuses Dying To Please You (R&D)

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru Y Storm, Pridd and Fat Club (Clown consultant)

Tim Norwood and Charlotte Blackburn Apocalypse of the Mind (Facilitated exploration of mental health in the rehearsal room / mentor)

Jenny Drew Untitled Graphic Novel (process facilitator)

Broken Dream Co The Act (Workshop in physical devising / company mentoring)

Likely Story The Giant Who Had No Heart In His Body, RED (Fuse lighter)

Mossy Crow Mossy Crow (Interactive storytelling workshop)

Freckled Mischief Oz (process facilitator)

Bianca Bertalot Cinco Coisas (Director)

Tessa Bide The Melody Makers (R&D)

The Fabularium The Town Band of Bremen (Clown consultant)

Eden Court Nobody's Home (Director)

Cirque Idyllic Monster Magic (Director)

Zucco and Co Ne Tombez Pas, Pirates, Le Quest du Noel (Director)

Cinecab-a-go-go Pearl and Dean.... and Irene (Director)

The Invisible Circus Beyond The Cabaret (Director), Carnyville 2 and 4 (Director)

Company / business development

I have held space for companies and businesses to explore their dynamics, communication and ethos, through play and reflection.

The Invisible Circus 

Pirates of The Carabina 

Performers Without Borders 

Circus To Borders

Circus To Palestine


Exeter Business School

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